Janssen Collaborates With ViiV Healthcare to Develop Two-Drug Single Tablet Regimen for the Maintenance Treatment of People Living With HIV
CORK, Ireland, June 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ –
Janssen R&D Ireland Ltd announced today that they have entered into a collaboration
with ViiV Healthcare to develop and commercialize a new single tablet regimen containing
Janssen’s Non-Nucleoside Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitor rilpivirine (marketed as
EDURANT(R)) and ViiV’s Integrase Inhibitor dolutegravir(marketed as TIVICAY(R)) as the
sole active ingredients for the maintenance treatment of people living with Human
Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). The companies will further investigate development of this
drug combination for pediatric use.
If successfully developed and approved by regulatory authorities, this treatment could
offer people living with HIV who are virologically suppressed an option to switch from a
standard three-drug therapy to a two-drug, Nucleoside Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitor
(NRTI)-sparing antiviral regimen.
“HIV remains a significant medical challenge, and our goal is to find new treatment
regimens for patients,” says Paul Stoffels, Chief Scientific Officer, Johnson & Johnson
and Worldwide Chairman, Janssen. “We are pleased to collaborate with ViiV Healthcare in
pursuing this shift in the HIV treatment paradigm and reaffirm our commitment to
collaborate and develop new HIV treatments and fixed-dose regimens.”
Formulation and clinical development for the single tablet regimen will begin in the
Since the beginning of the HIV epidemic, almost 75 million people have been infected
with the HIV virus. It is estimated that 35 million people are currently living with
HIV globally, with 2.5 million people becoming newly infected each year.,,
Standard HIV-drug therapy contains three active components: a backbone of two NRTIs,
plus either a Non-Nucleoside Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitor (NNRTI), Protease Inhibitor
(PI) or Integrase Inhibitor (INI).
EDURANT(R) (rilpivirine) is a prescription HIV medicine that is used with other
antiretroviral medicines to treat Human Immunodeficiency Virus-1 (HIV-1)in adults:
- Who have never taken HIV medicines before, and - Who have an amount of HIV in their blood (called "viral load") that is no more than 100,000 copies/mL. Your healthcare professional will measure your viral load - EDURANT(R) should be taken in combination with other HIV medicines. Your healthcare professional will work with you to find the right combination of HIV medicines - It is important that you remain under the care of your healthcare professional during treatment with EDURANT(R) - EDURANT(R) is not recommended for patients less than 18 years of age
EDURANT(R) does not cure HIV infection or AIDS. You should remain on your HIV
medications without stopping to ensure that you control your HIV infection and decrease
the risk of HIV-related illnesses. Ask your healthcare professional about how to prevent
passing HIV to other people.
Please read Important Safety Information below, and talk to your healthcare
professional to learn if EDURANT(R) is right for you.
Important Safety Information
Can EDURANT(R) be taken with other medicines?
EDURANT(R) may affect the way other medicines work and other medicines may affect how
EDURANT(R) works and may cause serious side effects. If you take certain medicines with
EDURANT(R), the amount of EDURANT(R) in your body may be too low and it may not work to
help control your HIV infection, and the HIV virus in your body may become resistant to
EDURANT(R) or other HIV medicines that are like it. To help get the right amount of
medicine in your body, you should always take EDURANT(R) with a meal. A protein drink
alone does not replace a meal.
Do not take EDURANT(R) if:
Your HIV infection has been previously treated with HIV medicines
You are taking any of the following medicines:
- Anti-seizure medicines: carbamazepine (Carbatrol(R), Equetro(R), Tegretol(R), Tegretol-XR(R), Teril(R), Epitol(R)), oxcarbazepine (Trileptal(R)), phenobarbital (Luminal(R)), phenytoin (Dilantin(R), Dilantin-125(R), Phenytek(R)) - Anti-tuberculosis (anti-TB) medicines: rifampin (Rifater(R), Rifamate(R), Rimactane(R), Rifadin(R)), rifapentine (Priftin(R)) - Proton pump inhibitor (PPI) medicine for certain stomach or intestinal problems: esomeprazole (Nexium(R), Vimovo(R)), lansoprazole (Prevacid(R)), omeprazole (Prilosec(R), Zegerid(R)), pantoprazole sodium (Protonix(R)), rabeprazole (Aciphex(R)) - More than 1 dose of the steroid medicine dexamethasone or dexamethasone sodium phosphate - St. John's wort (Hypericum perforatum)
Especially tell your doctor if you take:
- Rifabutin (Mycobutin(R), a medicine to treat some bacterial infections). Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about the right amount of EDURANT(R) you should take if you also take rifabutin. - Medicines used to treat HIV - An antacid medicine that contains aluminum, magnesium hydroxide, or calcium carbonate. Take antacids at least 2 hours before or at least 4 hours after you take EDURANT(R) - Medicines to block acid in your stomach, including cimetidine (Tagamet(R)), famotidine (Pepcid(R)), nizatidine (Axid(R)), or ranitidine hydrochloride (Zantac(R)). Take these medicines at least 12 hours before or at least 4 hours after you take EDURANT(R) - Any of these medicines (if taken by mouth or injection): clarithromycin (Biaxin(R)), erythromycin (E-Mycin(R), Eryc(R), Ery-Tab(R), PCE(R), Pediazole(R), Ilosone(R)), fluconazole (Diflucan(R)), itraconazole (Sporanox(R)), ketoconazole (Nizoral(R)), methadone (Dolophine(R)), posaconazole (Noxafil(R)), telithromycin (Ketek(R)),voriconazole (Vfend(R))
This is not a complete list of medicines. Before starting EDURANT(R),
be sure to tell your healthcare professional about all the medicines you are taking or
plan to take, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal
Before taking EDURANT(R), also tell your healthcare professional if you have had or
currently have liver problems (including hepatitis B or C), have ever had a mental health
problem, are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding. It is not known if
EDURANT(R) will harm your unborn baby.
You and your healthcare professional will need to decide if taking EDURANT(R)is right
- Do not breastfeed if you are taking EDURANT(R). You should not breastfeed if you have HIV because of the chance of passing HIV to your baby
What are the possible side effects of EDURANT(R)?
EDURANT(R) can cause serious side effects including:
- Depression or mood changes. Tell your doctor right away if you have any of the following symptoms: feeling sad or hopeless, feeling anxious or restless, have thoughts of hurting yourself (suicide), or have tried to hurt yourself - Liver problems. People with a history of hepatitis B or C virus infection or who have certain liver function test changes may have an increased risk of developing new or worsening liver problems during treatment. Liver problems were also reported during treatment in some people without a history of liver disease. Your healthcare professional may need to do tests to check liver function before and during treatment - Changes in body shape or body fat have been seen in some patients taking HIV medicines. The exact cause and long-term health effects of these conditions are not known - Changes in your immune system (immune reconstitution syndrome).
Your immune system may get stronger and begin to fight infections. Tell your
healthcare professional right away if you start having any new symptoms of infection.
Other common side effects of EDURANT(R) include depression, headache, trouble sleeping
(insomnia), and rash.
This is not a complete list of all side effects. If you experience these or other
symptoms, contact your healthcare professional right away. Do not stop taking EDURANT(R)
or any other medications without first talking to your healthcare professional.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA.
Visit http://www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
Please see full Product Information for more details:
About EDURANT(R) (rilpivirine)
Rilpivirine was developed by Janssen R&D Ireland Ltd, one of the Janssen
The registered formulation of rilpivirine is a 25 mg film-coated tablet taken orally
once daily. Marketed as EDURANT(R), rilpivirine is indicated, in combination with other
ARVs, for the treatment of HIV-1 in ARV treatment-naive adult patients. In most countries,
including US and EU, this indication is further restricted to patients with a viral load <
100,000 copies/ mL.
Rilpivirine is available in the United States (US) and the European Union as part of a
once daily fixed dose antiretroviral combination with Gilead Sciences Inc’s tenofovir and
emtricitabine. This combination, known as COMPLERA(R) (US) or EVIPLERA(R), was granted
marketing authorisation from the Food and Drug Administration in August 2011, with Gilead
Sciences Inc being the marketing authorisation holder in the US, and from the European
Commission in November 2011, with Gilead Sciences International Ltd. being the marketing
authorisation holder in Europe, Middle East and Africa.
About TIVICAY(R) (dolutegravir)
TIVICAY(R) (dolutegravir) is an integrase inhibitor indicated for use in combination
with other antiretroviral agents for the treatment of HIV-1 in adults and children aged 12
years and older weighing at least 40 kg. Integrase inhibitors block HIV replication by
preventing the viral DNA from integrating into the genetic material of human immune cells
(T-cells). This step is essential in the HIV replication cycle and is also responsible for
establishing chronic infection. It is available as a small, yellow, 50 mg tablet.
Importantly, it can be taken with or without food and at any time of the day.
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unmet medical needs of our time in infectious diseases and vaccines, oncology, immunology,
neuroscience, and cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. Driven by our commitment to
patients, we develop innovative products, services and healthcare solutions to help people
throughout the world.
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